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Canada Man Cleans Veterans’ Graves By Hand To Honour The Sacrifice Of Soldiers

Published on 3 November, 2016 at 4:58 pm By

As a way to honor the men and women who served his country in armed forces, a Canadian man, Eric Dahl cleans the grave stones of veterans by hand. He is cleaning the Drumheller cemetry in east-central Alberta, Canada.

He feels that it’s something that he should do to give them the proper respect for fighting for his country.


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Dahl feels that his work gives him a lot of peace.

Eric Dahl, father of five lives in Drumheller, Alta., about 130 kilometres northeast of Calgary cbc

Eric Dahl, father of five lives in Drumheller, Alta., about 130 kilometres northeast of Calgary cbc

According to Dahl, the most disturbing part for him was the poor condition of monuments of veterans. The moss-covered headstones tell visitors to the cemetery that no one has tended to the graves of veterans for decades.

Dahl is now cleaning every single final resting place by hand globalnews

Dahl is now cleaning every single final resting place by hand globalnews

 

The work is hard but Dahl performs it with precision. He believes it’s the same way that these vets would have done it themselves.

While on one day, Dahl can clean up to 10 to 15 graves in a day; there are some days when he can only do one or two.



Dahl’s work is also drawing a lot of attention from the local community as well as online.

Eric Dahl cbc

Eric Dahl cbc

 

According to Dahl, he is not dong this work for recognition.

“To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have cared if anyone noticed,” he said, adding: “I’m continuing on with what I’m doing for me.”


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Though it’s not easy work, Dahl said he’ll “never stop.”

Dahl is now cleaning every single final resting place by hand globalnews

Dahl is now cleaning every single final resting place by hand globalnews


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Before Dahl started work, almost all the gravestones were black and unreadable, now many of them are clean and in great shape.

Without any doubt, these things are monuments to the people who were there and the hardships they went through. One of the most valuable lessons that we can learn from these veterans, is sacrifice.

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